Home Office Design: Transform Your Small Space into a Productive Paradise

Home Office Design: Transform Your Small Space into a Productive Paradise


When it comes to designing a workspace, whether at home or in an office, it’s crucial to create an environment that’s both functional and visually appealing. We’ve got the inside scoop from Maria, our go-to interior design guru, who knows a thing or two about turning any space into a productive powerhouse.


Image below displays one of the latest Maria’s work – Elmtree by Spacemade.

A contemporary co-working space with a long wooden communal table lined with blue chairs. The room features various seating areas with plush armchairs, large green plants, and modern decor, including a colourful abstract painting. The space is well-lit with ceiling lights and natural light from multiple windows.

Insider Tips from Maria, Our Interior Design Expert

Ready to strike the perfect balance between style and function? Maria is here to share some top tips that’ll help you create a stunning (but still practical!) home office.

5 Tips for Designing a Home Office Space

1. Identify the Essentials

First things first, when considering how to make a home office in a small space, you’ll need to figure out exactly what you need: desk, chair, computer, and any other smaller supplies. Avoid cluttering your space with non-essentials, but don’t shy away from adding a bit of personality with decor that inspires you. Think art, plants, or stylish accessories that don’t break the bank.

2. Small Space Solutions

Got limited space? Maria suggests opting for furniture designed specifically for small areas. A wall-mounted desk, foldable table, or a compact writing desk can work wonders. Choose a comfy chair that isn’t bulky, and make the most of your vertical space with shelves, wall-mounted organisers, and pegboards. This not only keeps your floor clear but also adds style and organisation.

3. Layout Matters

Whether it’s a solo nook or an area that doubles as the kids’ homework area, good flow and circulation are key. Arrange your furniture to allow for movement and collaboration. Maria emphasises the importance of an efficient layout to ensure a smooth workflow. Position your desk so you have a clear view of the room, which can make the space feel larger and more open. If you are sharing space with roommates or children, add a storage ottoman that can easily slide under the desk and hide away anything that is distracting while you work.

4. Repurpose and Save

On a budget? Maria recommends repurposing used furniture for a sustainable and cost-effective solution. Add inexpensive desk lamps or string lights to brighten up darker areas. Look for second-hand shops or online marketplaces where you can find unique pieces that add character to your space without spending loads.

Another idea that Maria shared was to use an existing dining room table as a spacious desk. It often provides more room than a traditional desk and can accommodate multiple monitors or workspace areas. 

5. Bookshelves as Desks

Another desk option that provides ample storage is to lay a wooden plank or an old door across two sturdy bookshelves to create an instant desk with built-in storage. Maria said people are always throwing out ‘old’ furniture; however, many of these pieces can actually be revamped and made beautiful with a fresh lick of paint and new hardware.

A modern home office in a small space with a black desk, leather swivel chair, and a tall green plant, all set in front of a large interior window.

Let’s Talk Productivity

Revamping your home office doesn’t have to be a daunting task – it can actually be a fun and exciting way to boost productivity! Imagine walking into a workspace that not only looks amazing but also helps you stay focused and creative throughout the day. Let’s dive into some of Maria’s favourite design tips that can turn your home office into a productivity powerhouse, making your workday smoother and a lot more enjoyable.

1. Lighting

Natural light is your best friend. Position desks near windows to maximise exposure, boosting mood and reducing eye strain. Place your desk facing the window for a Vitamin D boost; if that’s too distracting try your desk perpendicular to the window to gain the benefits of the sun without the distraction of the neighbour’s dog. If you must have the window behind you because of space limitations, try some window treatments like curtains or blinds to minimise glare on your computer screen.

For artificial lighting, cool white lights (5000-6500 Kelvin) are perfect for tasks, while warm white lights (2700-3000 Kelvin) create a relaxing vibe in more quiet areas. Maria also suggests using adjustable lighting solutions, like desk lamps with dimmer switches, to change up the light throughout the day.

2. Colours and Patterns

Blues, yellows, and greens can enhance productivity and mood, but avoid overly bright colours that might be intrusive. Understated patterns add interest without overwhelming, and biophilic designs inspired by nature can reduce stress and boost productivity. Consider creating a statement wall with a soothing colour or a nature-inspired mural to bring a sense of calm to your workspace. 

Maria suggests creating your own artwork or motivational posters. Frame interesting fabric scraps, wallpaper samples, or your own sketches to add a personal touch.  You can even make use of vinyl wrap for furniture – wraps can make a standard ikea desk or bookshelf look bespoke and expensive.

3. Space Use

Don’t overcrowd your space. Open layouts are great for a shared space, but might not suit tasks needing concentration or confidentiality, so balance open areas with a private work area. Carving out a desk space in a closet can work, if you can alternate between the two areas throughout your day. 

Don’t forget about adding plants! Did you know succulents or bamboo plants can improve air quality, create a calming environment and bonus point – they’re not poisonous to your pets. Maria notes that incorporating greenery can also provide a psychological boost, making your space feel more alive and welcoming.

4. Ergonomics and Comfort

Don’t dismiss the importance of choosing the right chair to make sure your posture is good. There are laws regulating just that very thing, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, suggests armrests should be positioned away from the front edge of the chair, or be adjustable in height, so that the chair can be pulled into the desk. You can find a plethora of stylish ergonomic chairs online, or if you are lucky enough to find a less than beautiful used, ergonomic chair, Maria would suggest a stylish blanket on or a cushion to give it new life. Desks with hard or angled edges should have padding or a wrist rest, which you can purchase or create with an easy-sew rice filled pouch.

A woman sits at a desk in a cosy home office, smiling as she works on her laptop. She has a notebook and pen in hand, with a phone and a mug on the table, surrounded by a comfortable and well-decorated living space.

More Than Just an Office

Compact and Creative Spaces

In a home environment, creativity and relaxation can be achieved without dedicated “breakout spaces” as you might find in traditional offices. Instead, think about using other parts of your home for these purposes. For example, your kitchen or living room can serve as a breakout space where you can change scenery for a while.

If you find that you still need a fresh burst of inspiration, consider incorporating movement into your routine. A quick 15-minute walk can act as a mobile brainstorming session, offering a change of environment and a bit of physical activity to stimulate your mind and lead to fresh ideas. This way, even without formal brainstorming spaces, you can keep your creativity flowing effectively.

Office Design Trends: What’s New

Sustainable Design

This trend focuses on eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and sustainable practices. Think renewable energy, recycling programs, and non-toxic materials. Maria points out that sustainable design not only benefits the environment but also creates a healthier workspace for you. Look for furniture made from reclaimed wood, energy-efficient lighting, and eco-friendly paint to create a greener office.

Wellness-focused Design

Prioritise physical and mental well-being with ergonomic furniture and relaxation elements. Maria suggests prioritising investing in a good ergonomic chair and an adjustable standing desk to prevent strain and injury. She also recommends integrating small fitness equipment like resistance bands or a yoga mat, to encourage physical activity throughout the day. Even though your home office doesn’t house a gym, you can still carve out a few minutes to incorporate physical activity.

Craving Community? Discover Flexible Workspace Solutions

Now that your home office is set up just the way you like it, you might find you’re still looking for a more collaborative environment. That’s where flexible workspaces come in handy!

 At Spacemade, we understand modern work challenges and opportunities. Our coworking spaces are designed for flexibility, productivity, and community. Whether you need a change of scenery or a dynamic work environment for your team, we’ve got you covered. From hot-desking and dedicated desks to meeting rooms and private offices, we’re here to help you thrive.

Why Choose Spacemade?

✅ Flexibility: Whether you need a desk for a day or a private office for a year, we offer flexible plans to suit your needs.

✅ Community: Join a vibrant community of professionals who can provide support, collaboration, and networking opportunities.

✅ Productivity: Our spaces are designed with productivity in mind, featuring ergonomic furniture, ample natural light, and quiet zones for focused work.

Use These Tips to Transform Your Space

Creating a home office that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With Maria’s expert tips, you can transform even the smallest space into a productive and inspiring environment. 

Remember, the key is to find the right balance between practicality and personal style. So go ahead and start designing your dream workspace today!


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